Woke up about 0330 and while sipping on a grog and with nothing better to do I found a Matt Easton video that gave me an idea I hadn’t thought of and that is a kukri/shield combination. From what I gather from the forum members is that you as a whole are not that keen on shields, which is unfortunate as I think you all are missing the boat. I am sold on shields 100% and value one as much as my sword. I went out this morning and gave it a try. They make a good combination. I dare say it would give a meaner cut than with my other swords. The disadvantage, if that is the word, is the measure is decreased, but for in the house defence that may be the ideal, certainly excellent. Thought that I’d pass that along as I hadn’t heard of anyone using it. The kukri I used weighed 750 g, with a 11” blade, and .395” spine. Yeah, on the hefty side.
A hoplon and kopis isn't far off from what you are suggesting. I don't see why it would be problematic for anyone. A shield would certainly help compensate for the weaknesses of a kukri, namely short length and poor defensive options.
It's traditional. Either a buckler or larger-than-buckler but still small round shield, and a long relatively light kukri (maybe 17-20" of blade, 600-900g).
The other traditional Nepali combination was kora and shield. These soldiers all have kukri and kora, and most (maybe all) have shields or bucklers. The left-hand two in the back row have long kukris and the others have shorter ones:
Thanks Timo. I gave it a go this morning and it just felt “right”. My preferred shield is a 23” round but I have a 12” buckler. I laid a 1.8 litro bottle wide open with a tip cut and felt nothing, like fanning air. I now have a new toy in my arsenal.
I'm glad to see the topic have traction. Honestly. A buckler is the best way to use a kukri, me thinks. A bigger shield like a targe is even better. But that's all I got, so I don't have much more to offer
I. 33 changed the way I look at weapons. And I have a ton of topics I have saved in my mind to share at some point
christain: Truthfully, I can almost swear I remember seeing a replica sword like that back several years ago. The decorations on the guard and pommel look very familiar for some reason.
Jul 21, 2019 10:33:15 GMT
christain: Send him a fake check. Or $4500 in play-money.
Jul 21, 2019 10:28:55 GMT
stormmaster: well to clarify i dont like checks or cash for a online purchase of a fake
Jul 21, 2019 6:53:08 GMT
christain: Okay, I'm done. Good day gone to hell. Wife was trying to back the car into the garage...she didn't make it. So...off to the salvage yard I go to find a used tail light assembly. Fark.....
Jul 20, 2019 23:12:32 GMT
christain: Seriously...nothing wrong with FedEx, but......really??? A (ahem) rare ancient sword, which should be in a museum, and you're gonna ship it out like a well used Windlass??? C'mon..... And for $4500.....
Jul 20, 2019 20:06:39 GMT
christain: I have a book full of checks, and a fair wad of cash in my wallet right now. I think I'll go find a match or cigarette lighter........
Jul 20, 2019 20:00:39 GMT
stormmaster: i like fedex, but i dont like checks or cash
Jul 20, 2019 19:35:22 GMT
christain: Even if I owned it and it WAS REAL, I sure as hell wouldn't ship it FedEx.
Jul 20, 2019 19:22:35 GMT
christain: What a crock........
Jul 20, 2019 19:17:53 GMT
ouroboros: Hey howdy folk....I was just reading up on that antiquity of a viking sword from Estonia. Good times ... good times
Jul 20, 2019 19:01:38 GMT
christain: Already have plans for the modifications that WILL happen when I get it.
Jul 20, 2019 17:37:17 GMT
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